my son is not a sleeper!

Lanette - posted on 09/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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ever since my son was born he has not slept through the night at all! and iam so tired and i dont have energy to do anything!!! he does take his naps during the day his morning nap and a afternoon nap for 2 hours each! but when it comes to bedtime he doesnt sleep! i give him a nice warm bath using the night time bath and lotion on him! i gave him oatmeal with his bottle at night and nothing is working its driving me nuts im going to lose my mind one day! HELP!!!

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Rebecca - posted on 09/26/2009

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My son is 8 months and doesn't sleep through the night. He has three shorter naps during the day. We've tried keeping him up, we fill him up with food, we wear him out with swimming, jumping, etc but nothing really helps. When he was younger he was a great sleeper and woke up once to be fed. All my meddling to get him to sleep through ended up causing him to wake up MORE often. The only tip I have for a baby that wakes up alot is to try to get them to bed as early as possible so that you can go to bed too, and try to get in as much sleep as possible when they're sleeping until it improves. Some nights I have to go to bed a 7pm when he does just so I can get in enough sleep before I have to get up for work. I always manage to get everything done, but obviously not as easily as I used to!! and yes I'm still tired, but it's all worth it. I find I cope better when I just go with it and try not to fight it.

Carly - posted on 09/26/2009

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take him outside while the weather is still nice, try the park or just put him on the grass. Try and keep loud fun playing before supper, if they get overstimulated to close to bed time they wont sleep. I would think he should still be waking 1 time through the night, both my kids were close to a year before sleeping right through. Just take longer to answer his call, unless he is freaking out. You don't need to answer whimpers, and whines. I had one night my son whined for 7 minutes then he went back to sleep. I don't like cry it outThe few times I tryed I sat outside the door crying myself.

Virginia - posted on 09/26/2009

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my son doesn't sleep either, first try getting him up earlier in the morning, wear him out!! put him down for 1 nap only! between noon and 2, but dont let him sleep more then 2 hours and dont let him sleep past 2 in the afternoon, then wear him out again! play, walk, crawl, sing, dance, laugh, take him to the park, for a walk, what ever you have to do. the best thing also is to have a routine. at the same time each evening (about 7 is best) start with a bath, and then maybe some light play time or snuggle time and then a bottle and bed and do the same thing at the same time everynight! they will start to associate it with bed time and after a few weeks it will become easier, i promise. as for sleeping through the night, good luck. my son is almost a year and only gives me a whole night of sleep maybe once a week if im lucky. when they wake up try to not stimulate them at all. keep lighting very low and everything quiet so they will take a bottle and fall right back to sleep. good luck!

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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Okay it looks like he is 8 months on your page so I would say you need to wear that baby out and make sure his afternoon nap is over at least four hours before bedtime! At that age my son would take two two hour naps a day and sleep through the night and when he was awake I played him out. Just be careful to give him some alone time so he's not too dependent and knows how to play by himself! That jumper idea sounds wonderful if he'll jump. Ethan hates jumping to this day. So maybe have crawling races or if he's walking walking races. Good luck! It's hard when they don't sleep!

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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Wait so is your child not sleeping through the night and that's the problem or is it that he's not sleeping at all at night? And how old is he?

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